Prepare to be impressed.

By Andrea Romano
June 26, 2020
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How good are you at geography? Probably not as good as this guy.

While many people can point out famous buildings, attractions, or natural landmarks around the world, it may become tricky if you’re just being shown a random place on Google Street View. After all, not a lot of folks can recognize every road, building, and scene in countries all over the globe.

That is, unless you’re Tom Davies, also known as GeoWizard on YouTube.

Davies has managed to accrue a massive following who is simply amazed at his ability to guess all kinds of random locations on the game GeoGuessr.

GeoGuessr, for those who don’t know, is a browser map game that “drops” players into random locations on Google Street View. Although it seems pretty simple, it’s a game that requires some intermediate travel and geographical knowledge. The game blurs out faces and license plate numbers, though signs or other features may be visible to provide some clues. Major landmarks are generally not shown, so you’re trying to guess the locations of remote towns or villages, roads, and other areas that might not be obvious at first glance.

Sounds fun, right? If you’re Davies, it certainly seems like a piece of cake.

A video uploaded to Reddit shows Davies playing the game with amazing results. He gives himself about 10 seconds to guess each location without moving, scrolling, or zooming on the image. While he was slightly off on a couple of rounds, he managed to get within a few hundred miles of a location simply by using his know-how. For instance, he often notes the position of the sun as an indicator of which hemisphere the location is in, which is a clever tactic.

He even manages to choose a location in Chile about 130 miles from the right answer — an incredible feat considering how much of the western coast the country covers in South America.

Davies uses the structural features of buildings and writing on signs to help him guess as well.

There are dozens of other videos with Davies making impressive guesses on GeoGuessr, so if you’re looking for ways to level up on your technique in the game, he's a good player to watch.

More of Davies’ videos can be found on his YouTube channel.